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Old 08-29-2009, 08:12 PM   #1
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PRS-505 vs PRS-300 in Pictures

Haven't seen many pictures of the 505 vs 300. Took a few to share:

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Old 08-30-2009, 12:47 AM   #2
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I haven't seen it discussed but just assumed the 300 looks just as good as the "gold standard" 505 in terms of screen contrast and reflectiveness. I wonder if that assumption is true. Is the 300 screen just as good as the 505 or even better in quality despite its smaller size?

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Old 08-30-2009, 12:54 AM   #3
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I compared my 505 with a couple of 300s today at the Sony store. The 300's screen is very good, although the background appears just a little darker than my 505. The letters are just as dark and sharp as the 505 however.
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I compared my 505 with a couple of 300s today at the Sony store. The 300's screen is very good, although the background appears just a little darker than my 505. The letters are just as dark and sharp as the 505 however.
I have (carefully) observed the opposite. The background on the 300 is a bit lighter than on the 505, and the letter outlines are a tad bit sharper. I own both and have looked at them pretty closely! The 300 screen is also clearly whiter than the 505's in the OP's side-by-side pictures.

So, to the answer MerLock, I would say that the screen quality (contrast and edge sharpness/character definition) on the 300 is a bit better than on the 505.

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Old 08-30-2009, 09:20 AM   #5
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Looks like the prs-505 and an older-gen ipod had an illicit love-baby.

Nice, though. If I didn't own a 505 already I would consider buying this model.
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i agree with drmoze. the background on the prs-300 seems a bit lighter than the background on the prs-505. the letters are about the same dark gray though.
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i agree with drmoze. the background on the prs-300 seems a bit lighter than the background on the prs-505. the letters are about the same dark gray though.
If you look super-close at the text (same document/text size), you'll see that the edges of the 300's characters are sharper--the 505 edges have some gray shading. Overall, the 'blackness' is about the same, but the 300 has sharper edges.
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If you look at the pictures, you can see that it would have been absolutely no problem to have the 6 inch screen of the 505 in the smaller case of the 300.
Would be a dream for me...
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All I can say that is my PRS 505 had a slightly lighter background compared to the two PRS 300's at the Sony Style store in Phoenix, AZ on August 29, 2009 at approx 11:30 AM under identical lighting conditions. The difference was readily noticeable, but not a big deal.

eInk displays do vary from sample to sample.
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All 3 demo 300's I looked at in-store, plus the one I purchased, have lighter backgrounds than my 505. As does the 300 in the OP's picture, when compared to the 505 next to it. I have not heard anyone else reporting that the 505 background is lighter than the 300's.

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My 300 is has a noticeably lighter background then my 505.
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If you look at the pictures, you can see that it would have been absolutely no problem to have the 6 inch screen of the 505 in the smaller case of the 300.
Would be a dream for me...
Yeah, but you need to put the electronics and battery somewhere! I could see a thicker 300-sized model with a 6" display, with the battery placed below the screen.
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